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<title>Youth Hacking 4 Freedom: Coding Competition for teenagers about to start</title>
<h1>Youth Hacking 4 Freedom: Coding Competition for teenagers about to start</h1>
The Free Software Foundation Europe (FSFE) is a charity that
empowers users to control technology. To inspire the younger
generation to software freedom, the FSFE is organising the coding
competition Youth Hacking 4 Freedom' (YH4F), where teenagers from
all around Europe have the chance to compete in a fair and fun way.
The winners receive a cash prize and a trip to Brussels with other
young hackers.
<li>Participants must be 14-18 years old and should register at <a href="https://yh4f.org/">yh4f.org</a></li>
<li>The opening event will be hosted on 10 October 2021.</li>
<li>Registration will be open until <strong>31 October 2021</strong>.</li>
<li>Six winners will be awarded cash prizes (2 x 4096€, 2 x 2048€, 2 x 1024€) and a trip to Brussels.</li>
<li>The competition will take place online. The Award Ceremony will be in Brussels.</li>
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Graphic by <a href="https://mullana.de/">Lisa Schmidt</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/">CC-BY-SA 4.0</a></p>
The YH4F competition includes an online opening day to welcome
everyone on board, in a kick-off event on Sunday 10 October, 5pm
CEST. The FSFE will present the competition and answer
questions. Please find more information on how to join at
<a href="https://yh4f.org/">yh4f.org</a>.
<h3 id="coding">Coding</h3>
On Monday 1 November 2021, a five-month coding phase starts and
the participants focus on coding until March 2022. Participants may
bring all their imagination to the competition; they may code
any type of software they want, as long as it is Free Software. The
software project can be a stand-alone program written from scratch,
or you can modify or combine existing programs. Everything is
welcome! The participants will have the chance to briefly follow
each others work and exchange ideas.
<h3 id="evaluation">Evaluation</h3>
After the participants submit their programs, an evaluation phase
is carried out by Free Software experts. Our <a
members</a> excel in software development; among them are Neil
McGovern, Executive Director of the GNOME Foundation, and Claudia
Müller-Birn, Professor for Human-Centered Computing at the Freie
Universität Berlin.
<h3 id="awards">Awards</h3>
The winners will be invited to receive their awards during a trip
to Brussels in June 2022. The 2-day trip includes the Award
Ceremony and social activities where the winners will have the
chance to get to know each other better.
<a href="/activities/yh4f/"><img src="https://pics.fsfe.org/uploads/medium/6ac0ff244c825c956a5272e6e08fdb17.png"/></a>
<p class="license">
Graphic by <a href="https://mullana.de/">Lisa Schmidt</a>, <a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/">CC-BY-SA 4.0</a></p>
We are dedicated to offering an inclusive environment in the YH4F,
and we would like to encourage people of all genders to join! We
will make sure that everyone will enjoy the process and will leave
this competition with added knowledge and a smile. The YH4F is made
possible thanks to the kind support of Reinhard Wiesemann,
Linuxhotel, and Vielrespektzentrum.
At the website <a href="https://yh4f.org/">yh4f.org</a> you
can find all related information, such as the process, the
eligibility criteria, and <a
href="/activities/yh4f/faq.html">FAQs</a>. You
can also use the illustrations in our dedicated <a
href="/activities/yh4f/media.html">media package</a> when sharing the news of the
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